Woz did an interview with Dutch newspaper in which he said lots of ridiculous shit including his spaced-out projection that Android will eventually become the dominant mobile platform. Somehow the boneheads at AOL/TechCrunch managed to translate the article from Flemish into English so they could run a post about it. We’ve told Woz, a million times, that if he wants to do an interview he needs to sit down with Katie first so she can tell him what to say. It’s pretty easy stuff, mostly along the lines of, “Yeah, it’s so exciting to see Apple doing so well and making such amazing products,” and, if asked anything specific, “Yeah, I really don’t know anything about that, and I don’t have any opinions on anything, and it wouldn’t make sense for me to speculate on a hypothetical.”
That’s our standard media training and Woz knows it, but he just goes off the reservation, again and again and again, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reminded him that he’s still officially listed as an Apple employee and bound by same code of silence as everyone else. He just laughs.
The larger question is why on earth do reporters still care to interview Woz? He hasn’t actually worked here in 30 years. Why do people think he has some kind of special ability to project the future when it comes to mobile phone platforms? The last thing Woz made was the Apple II. It was a fine machine in its day but in the context of today’s mobile devices it’s a friggin toy.
Dear Woz: Please start mincing words. Or I swear to friggin God, Katie will come over there and mince your nuts.